Hardie volunteers to get recognised at ceremony

Rob Groves and Mandie Groves.

THE volunteers who work to make a Stanford-le-Hope park such a success within the community are being recognised later this month at a special awards ceremony.

The Volunteer Celebration Evening will consist of a short period of speeches and some presentations, followed by a sociable evening to celebrate all that Hardie Park has achieved over the past year.

Every volunteer, supporter, member of staff and their families have been invited to attend the bash at The Old Regent Ballroom on 29 November. This will be the third occasion the Friends of Hardie Park have held such an event.

Friends of Hardie Park lead organiser Rob Groves (pictured at the park) remarked that it had been a great year for the group and that he was looking forward to further developments in the year ahead.

He said: “Hardie Park volunteers are just committed local people who want to make a difference. They all bring their time, skills and energy to the project. The transformation by the Hardie gardeners is amazing and the continued successful running of the café has been great too, to the point where one of our volunteers has now gone on to become a paid worker.

“Moving forward we are looking to the opening and launching of the men’s shed. That’s definitely a priority and we are looking to get into some kind of youth work as well to meet the need around young people not having anything to do.”

All the volunteers receive a certificate and an acknowledgement of the part they have played, no matter how big or small.